IMR Press / FBE / Volume 10 / Issue 3 / DOI: 10.2741/E832

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The diagnosis of plant pathogenic bacteria: a state of art

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1 Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria, Centro di Ricerca Difesa e Certificazione, Via C.G, Bertero, 22, 00156 Rome, Italy

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Front. Biosci. (Elite Ed) 2018, 10(3), 449–460; https://doi.org/10.2741/E832
Published: 1 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plants, pathogens and their interactions in relation to disease)
Abstract

Plant protection plays an important role in agriculture for the food quality and quantity. The diagnosis of plant diseases and the identification of the pathogens are essential prerequisites for their understanding and control. Among the plant pests, the bacterial pathogens have devastating effects on plant productivity and yield. Different techniques (microscopy, serology, biochemical, physiological, molecular tools and culture propagation) are currently used to detect and identify bacterial pathogens. Detection and identification are critical steps for the appropriate application of phytosanitary measures. The “harmonization of phytosanitary regulations and all other areas of official plant protection action” mean the good practices for plant protection and plant material certification. The prevention of diseases progression and spread by early detection are a valuable strategy for proper pest management and disease control. For this purpose, innovative methods aim achieving results within a shorter time and higher performance, to provide rapidly, accurately and reliably diagnosis. In this review, we focus on the techniques for plant bacterial diagnosis and on the regulations for harmonizing plant protection issue.

Keywords
Plant Pests
Plant Protection
Diagnostics
Bacteria Detection And Identification
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